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KARNAK DAYS                           213
stages of initiation, this gland was stimulated into certain activity by the hierophant, an activity which temporarily enabled the candidate to see psychic visions of spirit-creatures congregating for the time being in his vicinity. The method resorted to for this purpose was partly mesmeric, but partly dependent on certain powerful incenses.
When, therefore, Ament pointed her cross between the Pharaoh's eyes, she thereby indicated that he would be given admittance to the Mysteries and that his clairvoyant vision would there be temporarily unfolded. But he was prohibited from revealing to others what he saw and experienced during his initiation. This was indicated by the first figure on the statuette of the child Horus, "Horus of the horizon," really the god Hormakhu—the god traditionally associated with the Sphinx—whose finger, pointing to his closed lips, strictly admonished such secrecy. Similar images stood near the sanctuaries and Mystery-chambers of all the temples, each pressing a finger to the lips in symbolic injunction to preserve silence concerning the divine Mysteries.
Ament herself was a feminine Amen, "the hidden one."
The act of the king in holding the statuette in an attitude of offering emphasized that he was ready to make the sacrifice of his speech and to preserve continual silence.
Upon the flat base of the statuette and behind this figure of Hormakhu was couched the carven figure of the Sphinx. Why?
The Sphinx, like the entranced initiate who completely lost the power of speech during his initiation, is always silent. Throughout its long life it has never spoken an audible word to man. The Sphinx has ever known how to keep its secrets. What were those ancient secrets ?
They were the secrets of initiation.
The Sphinx guarded the mightiest temple of initiation in the ancient world—the Great Pyramid.
For the ceremonial approach to the latter was always from the Nile bank, and everyone coming from the river to enter it would have to pass the Sphinx first.
The Sphinx, in its own silence, symbolized both the silence and secrecy of initiation.
Thus, the Pharaoh had been warned to expect the greatest mystic revelation which could be given to man.
Three more panels completed this interesting series of Mystery pictures, to which any tripper and tourist may have access to-day